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Italy won't intervene in Pirelli deal with ChemChina - minister  

MILAN, March 27 (Reuters) - The Italian government cannot intervene in ChemChina's takeover of Italian tyre maker Pirelli and believes the deal agreed on Sunday ensures that key management positions and know-how remain in Italy, Industry Minister Federica Guidi said. "China Chemical's entry into the share capital of Pirelli is a deal made by a private company and therefore the government has no place intervening," Guidi said in a statement on Friday....More

What to Watch in the Week Ahead and on Monday, March 30  

(The Day Ahead is an email and PDF publication that includes the day's major stories and events, analyses and other features. To receive The Day Ahead, Eikon users can register at . Thomson One users can register at RT/DAY/US. All times in ET/GMT) Week Ahead...More

UPDATE 1-Ford Motor says U.S. jury finds it did not infringe tech patents  

(Adds details of case, comments by Ford) By Andrew Chung March 27 (Reuters) - A U.S. jury has found that Ford Motor Co did not infringe four patents owned by a Washington state company in its onboard computer systems, clearing the No. 2 U.S. automaker in a $240 million lawsuit, Ford said on Friday. The jury in federal court in Tacoma, Washington, also found in Ford's favor on its claim that the patents' owner, Eagle Harbor Holdings, stole Ford's trade secrets, according to Ford....More

Ford Motor says U.S. jury finds it did not infringe tech patents  

March 27 (Reuters) - A U.S. jury has found that Ford Motor Co did not infringe four patents owned by a Washington state company in its onboard computer systems, clearing the Detroit automaker in a $240 million lawsuit, Ford said on Friday....More

Peugeot's Slovak factory expected to boost output with new model  

PRAGUE, March 27 (Reuters) - PSA Peugeot Citroen's Slovak operation expects to raise annual capacity above 300,000 cars by 2017 with the start of production of a new Citroen model, the company said on Friday. The French carmaker aims to build on record production at its Slovak factory last year, benefiting from an economy that outpaced most of its euro zone peers and is powered by a car sector in which Peugeot, Germany's Volkswagen and South Korea's KIA produced more than 970,000 vehicles last year....More

Valeo's self-driving car systems learn from Safran drones  

By Laurence Frost and Gilles Guillaume PARIS, March 27 (Reuters) - French auto parts maker Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade. While demonstrating an autonomous car and other prototype systems jointly developed with Safran, the French defence and aerospace group, Valeo said on Friday the first applications may reach carmaker clients within three years....More

U.S. allies conduct 16 air strikes in Syria, Iraq  

WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) - U.S. and coalition forces conducted 10 air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq during a 24-hour period, while U.S. forces led six air strikes in Syria, the U.S. military said on Friday. The air strikes in Syria were concentrated near Kobani, destroying five fighting positions, according to a statement. Three of the strikes in Iraq were near Tikrit, destroying vehicles and a potential car bomb. Forces also hit Islamic State targets near Bayji, Fallujah, Mosul, Sinjar, and Tal Afar, the statement said....More

UPDATE 1-Mexico factory exports, consumer imports fall in February  

(Adds details on exports, imports) MEXICO CITY, March 27 (Reuters) - Mexican factory-made exports and non-oil consumer imports fell in February, pointing to sluggish growth early this year Manufactured exports fell 0.25 percent in February compared with January in seasonally adjusted terms, the national statistics institute said on Friday, its second monthly contraction this year. While auto exports fell 2.12 percent, shipments of other factory-made goods ticked up 0.67 percent....More

Motor racing-Red Bull have no plans to make own engine  

SEPANG, Malaysia, March 27 (Reuters) - Former champions Red Bull say they have no plans to make their own engine and could be forced out of Formula One if current partners Renault walk away. "We have no intention of being an engine manufacturer," team principal Christian Horner said at the Malaysian Grand Prix, reiterating a stance that has been questioned of late as tensions with Renault come to the fore....More

Ford CEO Fields' 2014 Salary, Compensation Totals $18.6 Million  

Fields' compensation is based in part on a Ford formula for meeting performance targets, of which 91% were met last year, compared with 112% in 2013....More
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